When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.
When picking some fun party games for adults and teens it is best to consider the types of people who are coming to the party, the amount of people you will have, the theme of the party and how long the party will last. The good news is that there are games for almost any situation out there. There are games for small groups, large groups, people who are competitive and those who are not. There are games that kids and adults will both like and ones that are more for just adults. Also there are games that can be considered by some to be embarrassing and by others to be just plain funny. There are games that are good for groups that know each other very well and some for groups of people who barely know each other. Whatever kind of game you are looking for, you can find it online.Here is a list of some good icebreaker games that will get your guests who don’t know each other well acquainted with one another.Two Truths and a Lie: This game is played by having guests tell 3 facts about themselves, 2 of the facts being true and one being a lie. Other guests then have to guess which fact is the lie.I’ve Never: This game will get your guests moving while they learn some obscure things about each other. Players will say something they have never done and find out who else has never done that same thing and who has.Tangled: This will get your guests comfortable with being in close contact with each other real quick. The goal is to untangle the human web.Icebreaker Bingo: One of the most well known icebreaker games, this game is played by getting people to sign your bingo card based on facts about themselves. The first to get 5 squares in a row first wins, just like regular bingo.Here are some good games that are good for the guests that are having the most fun when they are being super competitive.Scum: A crazy card game based on the Capitalist structure where the rich get richer. The winner is called the King the loser is the scum and for the next round the scum has to give the king his best 2 cards that he was dealt.Four on a Couch: This is a great game for couples parties, putting men against woman. The competitive ones are sure to make themselves known with this one.Mafia: A good game for adults and older children. This is a role playing game where there are Mafia members hidden amongst the members of a small community. The mafia members try to kill all the other citizens and the citizens try to figure out who the mafia members are.Online you can also find a lot of other fun party games for adults and teens that will fit in with the exact type of party you want to throw.